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Dec. 15 Letters to the Editor

<b>Misguided view</b>

EDITOR: Charles Krauthammer's Dec. 8 column ("Obama's real aim is crushing the Republicans") was seriously misguided. He accused the president of playing politics and not having a genuine interest in debt reduction. Krauthammer's contention is at best laughable, hypocritical and absurd.

Perhaps Krauthammer should contemplate a reality check before putting his flapping mandible into script. The Republican Party has crushed itself by its extremism and allegiance to Grover Norquist's no-tax increase pledge at the expense of the middle class and vital social programs that protect the poor and elderly from living without a safety net.

As conservative Republicans such as Krauthammer sense that their reverse Robin Hood policies are disfavored among the majority of the voters, they resort to blaming the president for disingenuous obstructionist politics that have been the hallmark of the Republican Party.

The Republicans are the self-destruct party as evidenced by the failed objective of making Barack Obama a one-term president and excessive use of the filibuster, including Senate GOP Mitch McConnell's filibuster of his own debt-ceiling bill.

GENE COLOMBINI

Santa Rosa

<b>American dictator</b>

EDITOR: I was surfing through my television channels Tuesday and stopped on one that I initially thought was showing the people of Egypt protesting against their president. But I was mistaken. It wasn't Egypt at all. It turns out I was viewing middle-class workers in the United States. It appears there's also a dictator in the governor's office in Lansing, Mich.

PHIL MORPHEW


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